7 Ways to Clean up Germs in the Kitchen ...

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A long time ago, I heard an interview with a scientist who said he’d rather eat a carrot stick that fell into his toilet rather than one that fell into his kitchen sink. Me, I won’t eat either one, but he made his point — our kitchens harbor more germs than anywhere else in our homes, including the bathroom. If this bothers you as much as it bothers me, and you’re looking for a few things you can do to get rid of the nastiest of those germs, keep reading! Here are 7 ways to clean up the germs in your kitchen.

1. What to do with a Sponge

Of all the things in the kitchen that harbor the most germs, the sponge tops the list. They’re convenient, but using them again and again to clean up spills or wash dishes can mean a spongy breeding ground for the nastiest bacteria. When you use one to wipe down your counter, you might just be spreading MORE germs, instead of cleaning up! Either toss the sponges and use paper towels instead, or, if you’re too attached to your sponge to throw it away, deodorize it once a week. How? Place it in a shallow dish with about a half-inch of water in it. Put the dish in the microwave on high for two minutes on each side to zap the bacteria. Be careful! When it comes out of the microwave, it’ll be clean, but very hot!

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